There had been reports making the rounds that Olivier Giroud may not be fit for the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday due to a ‘knee niggle’ picked up in the Dortmund game midweek.
But today at his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger did not mention anything about this supposed injury but rather declared that Giroud is in fine form and physically well.
He (Giroud) is [being asked to do a lot]. He has the physical resilience to cope with that, he has good stamina, a strong body and has a great appetite for the game. He has not been recognised for a long time in his career, he is very hungry to play in every game and he can cope with it. I don’t see any sign of fatigue.
There is going to come a point when Giroud needs a rest and when that time comes, we could find ourselves in big trouble as we do not have a decent enough striker to come in for the Frenchman. Same may say that Bendtner is there as the backup striker, but in all fairness, I would rather not play with a striker than have Bendtner in there!
If Arsenal are not able to bring in a new decent striker this January then either Podolski or Walcott are going to have to perfect their striking game and play as the central striker. We all know that this is what Walcott has been dreaming about for a long time but I would much rather have a proper out-and-out striker coming in.
For now we just need to continue hoping that Giroud does not get injured or else our title run could take a knock.